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Professor of Digital Arts

Manchester, Greater Manchester (GB)
£competitive aligned to the university professorial pay scale
Closing date
19 May 2024

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£competitive aligned to the university professorial pay scale

To raise the bar, drive performance at School, Faculty and University level, and build on our national and international reputation in research, we are looking to make a key professorial appointment. If you have made a sustained, significant and original impact on knowledge in your field, this is your opportunity to join us as Professor of Digital Arts in the School of Digital Arts (SODA) within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

About us

With over 5,100 staff members across the university, and around 41,000 students – including some 6,000 choosing to study for a postgraduate qualification – we are a big institution with even bigger ambitions. We are proud to be an integral part of the great city of Manchester, and our impact reaches around the globe.

About the School of Digital Arts (SODA)

SODA represents a £35m investment into the workspaces, networks, teaching and research that will empower the next generation of creative practitioners at the intersection of storytelling, technology and innovation. This interdisciplinary school offers industry informed courses that span film, animation, UX, photography, music and sound design, games art and design, immersive production and more – together with purpose built spaces to collaborate and specialist facilities that include a UX suite, film studios, virtual production, edit suites, sound, music and production studios, a cinema and a gallery. It is ideally placed within a global city that has become a powerhouse of the UK’s digital economy and is widely recognised as a national and international media hub: home to MediaCityUK, the BBC, ITV, Factory International at Aviva Studios and a thriving creative and cultural scene.

About the role

The role of Professor is one of the highest academic distinctions conferred by the University and post holders are expected to make a powerful contribution to academic citizenship and leadership, as well as to knowledge exchange. You will also build on your existing achievements to pursue one of two equally valued pathways for academic progression, leaning either towards national recognition for excellence in teaching, learning and assessment, or towards an ‘internationally leading’ research profile.

About you

You’ll have an in-depth understanding and experience within digital storytelling, and specifically within immersive and interactive storytelling through virtual production, AI, XR, AR, VR, game engines and/or other emergent technologies. You will also have a breadth of knowledge of practice-based and/or theoretical leadership within the landscape of digital arts, and an understanding of the latest industry and academic developments and trends in your specialism

Capable of conducting research and supporting the delivery of academic programmes that are rooted in contemporary practices, you’re equally enthusiastic about encouraging both staff and students to explore future possibilities at the intersection of storytelling, technology, and innovation.

As a thought leader in your field, you’ll have evidence of contribution to the development of the discipline, showing impact and influence through conferences, national and international networks and papers.

In addition to substantial experience of innovative teaching, learning and assessment practices, you have demonstrated the leadership and organisational skills to lead, manage, train and mentor research teams, staff and students, and the ability to communicate and negotiate effectively with a wide range of audiences and stakeholders, including professional, statutory and regulatory and funding bodies.

Further Information

To make an initial informal enquiry, please contact Jill Griffiths, Head of School of Digital Arts at

Applications must be submitted via the university's vacancies portal and should include a full CV and a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how your knowledge, skills and experience match the essential criteria being sought (cover letter no more than two pages of A4).

The deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Sunday 19 May 2024

Interview Date: Monday 8 July 2024

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to supporting the rights, responsibilities, dignity, health and wellbeing of staff and students through our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. We promote applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits that a diverse organisation can bring.


Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the largest campus-based universities in the UK with a total student population of over 36,000. We educate, develop, train and employ world-class professionals and maintain an emphasis on vocational education and employability for our students. Our roots in higher education date back to 1824, and we are committed to a strong future through a £350million investment in our buildings and facilities. We are also one of the UK’s most consistently popular Universities*, we have: More than1000 course and qualifications, the majority of which have a strong professional bias. An impressive  postgraduate taught course portfolio combined with world leading research and high impact knowledge exchange initiatives. Links with over 70 professional bodies and associations, recognising both the quality and practical focus of our course provision. An extensive portfolio of training and professional development courses, including tailored courses to meet specific business needs. *Over 58,000 undergraduate applications (from UCAS 2015).  

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